Matthew 8:11 – I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven…
At its simplest, the Kingdom of God is about God ruling as King over everyone and everything forever, bringing His rule and reign to bear on every inch of creation for all eternity. This is the result of God’s mission to rescue and renew His sin-marred creation. Jesus not only saves our souls; He’s King over all kings and Lord over all lords, establishing His rule and reign over all, defeating the human and divine evil powers, bringing perfect order to all, enacting justice, and being worshiped as Lord.
God does not want us to be naïve, as if the Kingdom is fully here. And God does not want us to be hopeless, as if the Kingdom has not yet begun. The Kingdom has come with Jesus and is coming again with Jesus’ Second Coming. God will work His rescue, not by obliterating the physical earth but by recreating it. He will use humans, who are part of the problem but become, by grace, part of the solution, to bless, redeem, and restore. In all this, we are not observers of a divine drama but participants helping with the redemption, each playing the role God has assigned for us to play in making the invisible Kingdom visible.
Jesus’ resurrection prefigures our resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12–57). In Jesus’ death and resurrection, not only is the price of our sin paid, and our life after death secured, but the eternal life of God has truly come to this cursed earth with the coming of the King, God’s Kingdom has come into this world (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:40; 2 Cor. 4:10–11). Because of King Jesus, there will be physical life again after a period of physical death (1 Cor. 15:44–46; 2 Cor. 5:1–8).
What questions do you have about the Kingdom of God? Visit https://realfaith.com/new-bonus-unlocked-an-exclusive-copy-of-doctrine/ to access a free chapter from the Doctrine book on the Kingdom.
Message and data rates may apply. Reply STOP to opt out or HELP for help. Visit https://realfaith.com/faq/ for privacy and terms info.